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  • NYT Mag: From Arizona to Yemen - The Journey of an American Bomb

    In one narrative feature, rendering the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe on a small, personal scale, in order to make it feel relevant, tactile, and immediate to western readers. The hope was to collapse the distance and let Western readers feel what it was like to be the victim of an airstrike in Yemen, and to be a patient in hospital deprived of resources by a blockade. We wanted the crisis to feel familiar and close, rather than distant and exotic. By investigating the provenance of a bomb used and telling the story of its journey from an American assembly line to the planes above people we’d come to care about, showing readers how intertwined their own lives are with the lives of Yemenis.
  • Trapped in Gangland

    The Central American gang MS-13 accounts for 1 percent of U.S. gang murders. But when Donald Trump became president, he seized on the gang’s violence on Long Island to promote tougher immigration policies. This series, co-published with New York magazine, Newsday, The New York Times Magazine and This American Life, showed how Trump’s bungled crackdown on MS-13 burned informants, deported young immigrants suspected of gang involvement on flimsy evidence, and failed to prevent further murders. Based on a year and a half of difficult and dangerous reporting, ProPublica reporter Hannah Dreier’s stories persuasively depicted how an entire subculture of Latino teenagers came to be trapped between the gang and the government.
  • The Education of Edwin Raymond

    For a cover story in the New York Times Magazine, Investigative Fund reporter Saki Knafo uses exclusive, secretly recorded audio from one officer, Edwin Raymond, to expose the NYPD’s rigid insistence on fulfilling arrest quotas — and the racial biases behind them — despite public denials that such a quota system exists. The story sparked a follow-up investigation by NBC New York and coverage by several other outlets. Ultimately, the story resulted in the promotion of the whistleblowing officer.
  • Whatever Happened to the Class of 1994?

    The New York Times magazine looks at what happened to "the right-wing firebrands who charged into Congress in 1994" and "launched the missile that impeached Bill Clinton." It concludes that more than a third of these politicians are out of office and the ones remaining are becoming Washington insiders.
  • The Radicalization of James Woolsey

    The New York Times Magazine did an in-depth piece on James Woolsey, a now-private lawyer with a long history of service to the U.S., including a stint as a CIA official.
  • Nuclear Nightmares

    The New York Times Magazines examines the likelihood of terrorists building -- or stealing -- a nuclear weapon and detonating it in the United States or Russia. Senior writer Bill Keller finds that it's either very likely or near impossible. If only he knew which expert to believe.
  • Memories of a Massacre

    60 Minutes II told the story of a secret military operation in Thanh Phong led by former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey. Kerrey, who originally went public with the story in the New York Times magazine, said he and his men accidentally massacred women and children in this Vietnamese hamlet after they were fired upon. Subsequent interviews by 60 Minutes II reveal that "the killings may not have been accidental and may in fact have been the result of a planned an deliberate operation... Eyewitnesses said there was no Viet Cong fire."
  • The Color Of Suspicion

    New York Times Magazine goes in-depth and behind the scenes of the issues of racial profiling in America's police departments. By riding along with cops in major cities across America, a picture slowly builds up of how cops really think, what cops really do and what the job requires of them. Central to the issue is the question about if and when race can be used to pull over motorists, whether in certain areas, groups of people of a certain race, driving particular types of vehicles are more likely to be committing certain types of crime. Beat cops seem to be speaking a different language from administrators.
  • Teaching Johnny The Appropriate Way To Flirt

    The New York Times Magazine reports on the issue of sexual harassment, looking at an incident that happened in a Minnesota middle school to talk more genreally about the state of sexual harassment in our schools and the legalities involved. The question is whether students can and should be treated like adults in cases of student-to-student harassment.
  • A Crisis Of Fakes

    Even museum culture isn't free from politics, bureaucracy and pettiness. The debate which arrises around the possibility of forgeries within a museum collection has the potential to start feuds and ruin careers. It also highlights the financial relationship between art dealers and museums. The New York Times Magazine explores a scandal involving six potentially forgered drawings at the J. Paul Ghetty Museum.